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Changing the Face of Medicine

Discover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. Engage in some online learning about how the human body works and find out how exceptional physicians have helped to improve our quality of life.

Go to the Circulation Station to discover the circulatory system, to the Doctor is in to find out about some of the tools that doctors use to examine their patients, find out about Sickle Cell Anemia that affects the blood, and take a closer look at chromosomes to learn how cells reproduce.

Students, find out if a career in medicine is for you through the guide to medical career Web sites.

Published by The National Library of Medicine in 2005-2011

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Science
Themes/Keywords: Careers
Circulatory System

chromosomes, artery, vein, capillary, pulse, cardiologist, nutrition, protein, carbohydrate, adolescence, puberty, lifestyle, disease

Essential Question(s)
1. In the early 20th century, women were not encouraged to work outside their homes, what inspired these women to become doctors when it was so difficult?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can teachers encourage their female students to take the science and math courses to become our future doctors and engineers?

Extension and Activities
1. Follow the story of one of the doctors and write about what inspired her to become a doctor and the path she followed to achieve her goal.
2. If you are a high school student, what do you need to begin doing if you want a career in medicine?
3. Do you have a story about a female physician who has helped or inspired you? Share her story by posting it on the website.
Aligned to Standards
National Science Content Standards
Science Content Standards, Grades 5-8
Standard C - Life Science
5-8.C.1. Structure and function in living systems.
5-8.C.2. Reproduction and heredity.
Science Content Standards, Grades 5-8
Standard G - History and Nature of Science
5-8.G.3. History of science.

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CILC - Carlsbad, California

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